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Fishing Report, September 30 – Medford News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News

OCEAN OUTLOOK

THE WHOLE COAST: Forecasts call for speeds of up to 25 knots on Friday with wind waves of up to 7 feet, followed by winds dropping to 5 knots and wind waves dropping to 4 feet on Saturday. Sunday looks like a slight bump up to 10 knot winds and 4 foot swells.

Ocean salmon fishing is closed for all species off southern Oregon, so salmon anglers have been pushed into the bays. Tuna anglers are finding fish about 50 miles off Brookings, and that’s a deal breaker for most sea anglers. This weekend isn’t looking good for long-distance chasing after tuna.

Bottom fishing was excellent for black rockfish, lingcod and halibut when the weather permitted. The groundfish limit has been reduced from five to four. Halibut have been found in waters as shallow as 100 feet, mostly north of Brookings. The halibut limit is two fish per day off southern Oregon. The halibut season lasts until October off the south coast.

The perch fishing will likely be a little sketchy due to the forecast winds. Prawns, mussels and Berkly Gulp sandworms or prawns are the best bait.

Clam fishing should be good, despite the absence of less early morning tides which were very helpful at the end of last month.

Knife Dig remains closed along the North Shore due to high levels of domoic acid, and it comes just as beaches in Clatsop County were scheduled to open on Saturday. This closure has been delayed. The closure does not affect the south coast ocean and bay clam, which was good as the lowest of the low tides. The Charleston area in lower Coos Bay is the best. Before digging, call the Seashells Hotline at 1-800-448-2474.

Recreational crabbing has been good in places like Coquille Bay in Bandon and Lower Coos Bay in Charleston. Many Dungeness are firm and ready to harvest. This is the first month of those ending in R, and these are the best for Dungeness.

LAKE OVERVIEW

AGATE: The lake has not seen a new trout infusion since June. Bass and perch fishing was good in warm weather and warm water. The lake was listed at 13% full on Thursday, with cloudy water no longer falling now that the irrigation season is over. Electric trolling motors are OK but no gas motors. The park closes at dusk.

APPLEGATE: The Hart Tish Park boat launch and dock are closed, but the Copper and French Gulch are open and usable. The lake was last stocked with rainbow trout in June. Fish for rainbows with PowerBait or bank worms or slowly drag Tasmanian Devil lures spiced up with a piece of worm. Bass fishing was good with plastic worms and grubs caught slowly on the bottom along rocky points and flats on hot days. The lake is falling rapidly and is listed Thursday at 23% full, with flows dropping to 175 cfs. The lake has a 10 mph speed limit.

DIAMOND: The lake again catches rainbow trout fairly well, as the cooler weather always makes for better fall fishing. Catches are best at the south end near the pizzeria, in the Silent Creek channel, or across the lake near the scout camp. Most of the action takes place in shallow water in the morning and evening. Fish deep with PowerBait during the day. The mosquitoes are thick along the shore but thin out the further you get from the shore. PowerBait and smaller, slow-fished leech flies will work best, with worms under the floats near the bottom another good bet. All tiger trout must be released safe and sound. Some eclipse 5 pounds.

EMIGRANT: The lake is holding at 4% full now that the irrigation season is over. Angling activity is primarily for small and largemouth bass off rocky points with lures and rubber worms worked on the bottom. Very little trout fishing activity. Cases of schooling for catfish with chicken livers have been reported.

EXPO: State wildlife biologists stocked 1,500 legal-size rainbow trout here more than two months ago, and their numbers are now slim. Catch them with Panther Martin lures, single salmon roe or under float worms. Parking fees are required.

FISH: Rainbow trout fishing was best near the springs. Another 900 trophy-sized rainbows were stocked in the lake in the past week, which has revived interest in angling here. The lake was actually a hair’s breadth at 18% full on Thursday, which makes locating springs all the more important. PowerBait and worms work best, as well as trolling lures that look like little chub tui. Tiger trout must be released unharmed. Some of the most accessible springs are off the marina at Fish Lake Resort.

HOWARD PRAIRIE: The lake is open for angling, but water levels are very low and no legal-sized trout were stocked this spring. Anglers using PowerBait catch leftover trout off the shore near the dam. Not much other action. The lake level stabilized briefly this week at 6% full.

Hyatt: The lake was listed in Deadpool on Thursday, with only minimal storage available. This is water too low to be discharged at the dam. A very limited amount of schooling remains near the dam area for trout. The limit is five trout per day, with only one over 20 inches. No fry trout were stocked last year, so trout numbers are very low. Some warm water fish, such as black crappie, show up in the catches.

LAKE OF THE WOODS: The lake continues to fish rainbow trout well in shallow waters. Lots of poles get caught just outside the station ramp. Water conditions remain excellent.

LOST STREAM: The lake received its last complement of legal size catchable rainbow trout in late June at the Takelma ramp. These fish are well dispersed, inflows are decreasing and discharges are holding steady at 1,100 cfs as the US Army Corps of Engineers prepares the reservoir for winter flood control. Fish the bench with PowerBait near the Takelma boat ramp or at the Medco access point near Hwy 62. Wind drift worms over the Peyton Bridge have been good. Bass fishing has been good near rocky outcrops lately, with crank baits and rubber worms the best deals. The lake was rated Thursday at 39% full and more than 4 feet below the normal winter flood control level. It has been the norm for the Corps to drop below the normal low pool in the fall.

MEDECO: The lake was stocked in June with 2,000 legal size trout. Catch what’s left on PowerBait or worms.

SELMAC: The lake was restocked with 1,000 legal size trout over a month ago, and that’s it for the season. Fish them with worms or PowerBait.

WILLOW: The lake received another 2,000 legal-sized rainbow trout in late June. Catch them with worms or PowerBait near the county boat launch, where the fish were released.

RIVER OVERVIEW

THUG: The Upper Rogue is in the middle of the two-month fly season, and success continues to decline as water temperatures drop and fewer rainbow trout are in the mix. Middle Rogue sees a decent increase in rainbow trout catches in the summer, especially by fly anglers swinging streamers as well as anglers from drift boats. The lower Rogue has been fairly stable for a mix of fall chinook and now coho salmon for bay trollers.

That makes the Upper Rogue the best bet of the weekend, but the popularity of the fly-only season, coupled with an overall good performance of summer rainbow trout this year, has created a busy river.

Fly fishing is good now with nymph fishing outpacing fly swinging due to cold water temperatures. When nymphing with a traditional fly rod or a spinning rod and bubble, use a combination of a stone fly nymph for weight and a spike fly that is either a prince nymph or a single salmon egg. Plastic eggs are also illegal. Perfumes are legal.

Spinning rods and floats with flies are also legal, but no plastic worms. No matter what rods are currently used in the Superior Rogue, no additional weights or accessories like swivels are allowed. Floats and strike indicators are legal. Anglers can use up to three flies. The chinook season between Dodge Bridge and Fishers Ferry is now closed for the season.

Flows from Lost Creek Lake held steady at 1,100 cfs. This dropped throughputs at Dodge Bridge to 1,201 cfs, and that’s awfully meager for dinghies.

The summer rainbow trout fishery is open year-round, but all wild rainbow trout must now be released unharmed throughout the rest of the year throughout the river.

Below Fishers Ferry, rainbow trout bite everything from worms and small salmon egg clusters to pupal flies and an assortment of smaller plugs. The best ones include pink, black and/or silver.

Hatchery Hole is open for rainbow trout fishing from shore and wading. There is no fishing from boats there. All wild rainbow trout must be released safe and sound throughout the river.

The Lower Rogue Late Fall Chinook fishery saw a mix of coho and chinook, some of which are destined for the Indian Creek Hatchery. Cooling water temperatures cause some Chinook to move upstream to spawn. In addition to chinook, now look for hatchery coho salmon. Trolling anchovies with chartreuse and copper blades or other combinations of chartreuse, yellow and bronze. Look for better catches as more fish will start to move into the bay.

Lots of little chinook this year, and get used to it because the run should be dominated by 3 year old fish in the 14 pound range. But there will still be a nice display of very big chinook.

The estuary is also teeming with perch and their taste for anchovies can be frustrating. For those targeting perch, use perch flies, sand shrimp, or anchovy chunks.

In the middle of Rogue, a few summer rainbow trout are caught daily by these swinging streamers (black or dark purple are local standards) as well as the small MagLip 3.0 catches from the drift boats. Most of these local fish are wild and should be released unharmed. Half-pound rainbow trout are starting to show up in decent numbers in the Agness area as well as the Lower Rogue River Canyon.

Galice Road remains closed downstream of Galicia due to the Rum Creek fire, but river access is being restored at places like the Indian Mary and Hog Creek boat launches. The fishing is slow, and the effort is light.

CHETCO: Autumn chinook begin to snag in the estuary as they troll for anchovies or 360 flashers with spinning blades. Boats must remain below the 2.2 mile of the river until November 4. The daily limit is two chinook per day, but only one can be wild.